The Sunday Oregonian. (Portland, Ore.) 1881-current, November 22, 1914, SECTION FOUR, Page 2, Image 48

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T Is in the air that "The Poor Utile
I Rich Girl," which begins its Thanks
giving weeK at the Heillg Tuesday
night, is one of those rare treats all
too uncommon in the theater. Its rec
ord in the East for the past two sea
sons shows that no matter how it opens
it grows as quickly and hugely in pop
ular fancy as a rolling snowball that
from the size of a bon bon gathers such
huge proportions that all the boys in
a neighborhood can no longer budte it.
Certain it is that down in San Fran
cisco, where theatrical business has
been at pretty low ebb the Eleanor
Gates mosaic of fact and fancy tested
the capacity of the Columbia before its
first week was over, and turned "em
away in 1 roves at subsequent perform
ances. Which goes to prove that the
snapping crackling wireless of public
opinion .carries its message far and
swiftly. Home extraordinary things
were written by the Ban Francisco crit
ics. Walter Anthony said: "The Poor
Little Rich Girl' is the most human
thing on- the stage." Neill Wilson, of
the Examiner, declared that it was
"a privilege to have it In San Fran
cisco," while Edward F. O'Day, the
poet-philosopher who discusses the
drama in delightful English for Town
Talk, pronounced it "An American
llasterpiece." . -
And as for Leona Dana, the 16-year-old
girl, who is continually upon the
stage in the title role, all . the super
latives of praise have Ifeen exhausted.
She simply took everyone by storm
with her adorable personality and the
truthful appeal of her acting. This
is the third triumphant tour of this
play. "The Popr Little Rich Girl." but
it has never yet toured in our direc
tion until now.
From all accounts, it is a story that
goes straight to the heart of every
man and woman every parent and
educator. It is for all ages and ail
classes. It sounds mighty, mighty
good for the Thanksgiving week. On
Tuesday night it opens at the Heilig
siid stays right on for the rest of the
week. There'll be a matinee on Turkey
day and one on Saturday also.
For the Thanksgiving week offering
at the Baker there is "Merely Mary
Ann," Israel Zangwill's comedy of keen
satire, with' its wealth of imagination
and sympathetic hold.
Irene Oshier will be seen in the role
of the pathetic little English slavey.
merely Mary Ann. Although this
charming stage story has been seen
here before in stock, its reputation as
one of the most delightful and inter
esting of plays will bring out, besides
the regular patrons, a lot of folk who
rarely go to the theater.
Particularly is the non-attender vis
ible on Thanksgiving day. for that is
the one day on which everyone drops
into a theater of some sort. "Merely
Wary Ann" goes on the Baker boards
today, with a matinee opening. There'll
be matinees also on Thursday and on
Saturday. .
Today at the Heilig the motion pic
tures of St. Elmo are being shown.
The series closes tomorrow night. The
pictures run continuously from 1 to
11:30 P. M. daily.
On November 30, next Monday night
to be exact, there begins a three
nigh t-and-Wednesday-matinee return
engagement of Oliver Morosco's - pro
duction of "The Bird of Paradise," with
Lenore Ulrich in the title role. Dates
ahead at the Heilig are the Symphony
Orchestra on the afternoon of Decem
mer 6, and George Arlisa for one week's
engagement, beginning December 7. in
"Disrael." Following "Merely Mary
Ann" at the Baker will be James
Montgomery's Ready Money," offered
here for the first time in stock.
Of genuine importance in the local
theatrical world is the opening of the
urpheum vaudeville tonight, a new
theater and a high-class entertain
ment after months of darkness while
the new temple of mirth has been in
course of construction. Tonight the new
Orpheum, located on Broadway at
Stark, opens with a double headline
bill. 1 Johnny Johnston and his col
legians in "Taking Things Easy" is
one of the big numbers and Princes3
Rajah in her famous Cleopatra dance
Is the other healiner. - Also on the bill
are ImhofT, Conn and Careene. Minnie
Allen, the little volcano of mirth; Bar
ry and wonora, uenevieve Warner, a
harpist, and the El Rey sisters in
sitating ace wnicn snouia De ot more
than usual interest, now that everyone
who can buy, beg Or borrow a pair of
skates is learning to use them out at
the new ice .palace.
Pantages tops its ' list of offerings
with a musical comedietta called "Yes
terdays," with Frances Clare and Guy
Rawson, with their host of little play
mates in a childhood song and dance
act. One of the Willard Mack
sketches, this one a comedy playlet en
titled "Who Is She?" with Joseph Ber
nard and Hasel Harrington, former Or
pheum favorites, will headline the Mar
cus Loew's Empress bill. At the Lyric
"The Girl From Egypt" will be the bill,
with "September Morn" featured,
ISeautiful Story to Be Portrayed at
Heilig In Pictures Todaj.
The attraction at The Heilig Theater,
Broadway at Taylor streets today, to
night and continuing tomorrow after
noon and night, running continuously
from 1 to 11 P. M., will bo the world
famous motion pictures , of Augusta
Evans's beautiful story of "St. Elmo,"
tiio following taken from.
Arts' jpt'
York Review, speaks volumes for this
magnificent photo-play:
The story is well known and, having
commented on the quality of its pres
entation, we need only add that even
in its minor roles the acting i pleas
ing and that both its heroines (there
are two) are played by charming young
women who are contrasts in many
things, but alike in being skillful act
resses. The role of St. Elmo is also
praiseworthily portrayed especially in
the latter part of the picture in which
the visloned Savior and the visioncd
devil keep striving for his soul, after
he has found that Murray and Agnes
are untrue and has forced a duel and
killed his one-time best friend.
Of the picture's scenes, perhaps that
in the garden at St. Elmo's home will
exeite most enthusiasm. Its walks
through which Murray and Agnes pass
to the bench where St. Elmo is to
find them in each others arms, are full
of beautifully photographed flowers.
There are walls and shrubs and laby
rinthian vistas. Some may like even
better the wreck of the railroad train
in which the second heroine, Edna, ia
hurt. It is most realistic We do not
see the accident, but see the train going
at full speed and then the burniag
wreck. This is the point. It -will be
remembered at which the forces that
are working for the hard-hearted St.
Elmo's salvation begin to get the ad
vantage over the suggestions, sym
bolized by the devil, that are working
to keep him the bitter souless thing
around -whom, wherever he goes,. mis
fortunes are thick.
Noted Play to. Be Shown at Baker
Thanksgiving Week. -
As a special Thanksgiving week of
fer In sr of the Baker Theater Players,
Manager Baker announces Zangwill's
famous "Merely Mary Ann," which wiy
open this afte.-noon. Probably no othdr
play in the calendar so often has been
requested as this one, and with the
favorite leading woman, Irene Oshier,
in the role made famous by Eleanor
Robson, there is every reason to ex
pect a most - artistic performance in
every particular.
"Merely Mary Ann" is one of those rare
play creations that reach close to the
heart of every person In their effect
The opening act takes place at the foot
of the stairs of an ordinary cheap Lon
don boarding-house and introduces a
number of interesting types df people.
among whom are the typical landlady.
the several boarders, including Lance
lot, the composer, and his friend, Mr.
Peters, as well as the poor little slavey.
Mary . Ann, who does the most menial
tasks about the place, and about whom
the entire action of the play revolves.
The girl forms a sort of worshipful
awe for Lancelot, who amuses himself
at her pitiful little attempts to please
him, but who finally takes a sort oi
an Interest in her and teaches her. He
is expecting a symphony he has coin
posed to be accepted and when he re
ceives the news that it . has not been
in despair he decides to go away to the
country some place and rest and re
cover himself.
Mary Ann, in her simplicity, beg( to
go with him to-be his servant any
thing just that she may be near nim.
and he is about to take her, when the
news comes that she has fallen heir to
large fortune. Realizing the differ
ence this will make, ne leaves ner
alone and broken-hearted. The last
act, however, takes place six years
later, and shows a new Mary Ann, ed
ucated and refined and surrounded by
wealth and luxury, and here she again
meets Lancelot, and they decide to seek
happiness together.
This beautiful play will be seen at
the Baker all week, with the usual bar
gain performances tomorrow night and
Wednesday matinee and a special noli
day matinee Thursday (Thanksgiving
day) at regular matinee prices.
Princess Radjah, Egyptian In Cleo
patra's Dance, to Head Bill.
To Princess Radjah. the charming
Egyptian, and to Johnny Johnson and
his collegians will fall the coveted
honor of heading the. bill which Is to
open the -Orpheum at its new home at
Broadway and Stark street tonight
and will re-establish big-time vaude
ville in Portland. And as Sunday night
begins a week of happy felicitations
over the reuniting of Orpheum patrons
In one of the handsomest playhouses on
the west coast, care has been taken
that the entertainment should not con
tain a single weepy moment.'
The widely-heralded and much-talked-of
Princess of the Nile, Radjah,
has just returned from an extended
European tour, which gained ew lau
rels for her Cleopatra dance, as well as
her unusual offering, the Arabian chair
number. The Cleopatra dance is based
on the story of how the Egyptian
Queen, after hearing of the death of
Antony, indulged in a wild, weird Ori
ental dance. Suddenly coming upon a
statue of Antony, she is stricken with
remorse anck applies an adder to ber
Johnny Johnson and his college boys
are supposed to be from Yale, but their
type can be located at most any Ore
gon college during the footoall season.
With a bunch of girls hanging around
to help the thing along, they make the
campus one dizzy -whirl of youthful
pranks, college songs and mirthful hap
"Surgeon Louder, TJ. S. A." is a bit of
farce presented by Imhoff, Conn and
ilarcelle Ccreene. They have been here
before, but never when the alarms of
war furnished such a suitable back
ground. '
Backing all this will be Minnie Allen,
the girl who a funny song in a
fbnny way and is. one of the brightest
features of vaudeville. She Is the bus
iest little volcano of mirth to come
this way In an age.
Then there is Genevieve 'Warner and
her wonderful harp. Perhaps Miss War
ner is better entitled than any other
to lay claim to being America's lead
ing harp virtuoso. She is a charming
performer and is assisted by Karla,
the violinist. . - v
George W. Barry and Maude Wol
ford, the original chatterers and singers
of their own songs, will have no trouble
In making good with any first-night
audience in the land.
With the El Rey sisters, the bill is
oemplete, save for the movies. The
El Reys are bringing the latest tango
steps as done on skates and, with the
rollers on their feet, are said, to be as
clever as the ordinary dancer on . the
oallroom floor.
Matinee every afternoon during the
Willard Mack Playlet by Old Favor
ites to Be Feature.
Variety -and balance, two essentials
of a good vaudeville bill, are promised
by Marcus Loew's Empress . for the
coming week. The headline attraction
will be a new Willard Mack playlet,
presented by Joseph E. Bernard and
Hazel Harrington, both old Orpheum
favorites and formerly prominent in
legitimate productions. The new skit
is called "Who Is She?" -and is said
to be a cleverly constructed succession
of funny situations and " big laughs,"
the action hinging upon the first quarel
of a newly-married couple.
1 A new feature to Portland will be
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the Nicholas . Nelson Troupe, expert
hooprollers, who combine comedy bus
iness with some wonderful feats. With
their "educated" hoops, the- Nelsons
offer what is said to be vaudeville's
prettiest . juggling act.
Two of the original "Texas Tommy"
dancers, James and Pearl Mathews,
who featured with Eddie Foy's show,
"Over the River," will be seen In a
whirl-wind terpsichorean medley.
Mcintosh and 'his Musical Maid com
prise a talented quartet. They dress
in Scotch costume, sing Scotch songs,
dance Scotch dances and play the bag
pipes, varying their act by several
musical surprises, in which a wide
variety of instruments are used.
Wardell and Hoyt, two clever fun
sters, will offer a line of smart pat
ter and comedy business under the
name of "The Italian and His Boss,'1
and Fred Hildebrand, a long-legged,
but exceedingly agile comedian with a
winsome personality, -with a selection
of iirst-run photo-plays, will complete
the vaudeville programme.
Miss Frances Clare, Loved in Vaude
ville, Comes to Pantages.
Dramatic critics have described "Yes
terdays." the musical comedy which
serves as a vehicle for Miss Frances
Clare, the darling of vaudeville, Guy
Rawson and their little friends, who
top the bill at Pantages for the week
commencing with the matinee tomor
row, as the "brightest, best production
of its sort seen in recent seasons."
Young and old will appreciate the de
lightful theme that runs through the
entire action of the musical playlet,
the melodies that are tuneful and the
witty lines that embellish the per
formance. "Yesterdays" Is a direct
and successful effort to veer away from
the routine and the salacious and it af
fords but the cleanest of comedy,
Miss Clare is a most charming come-
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tdenne and Mr. Kawson will afford her
brilliant support, while their childhood
friends form the attractive chorus.
Direct from extraordinary triumphs
at their native city, the New Orleans
Creole Musicians will bo presented for
the first time in Portland as the spe
cial added attraction on the remarka
ble programme in store for local the
ater patrons next week. Ragtime is
featured by these adepts and they play
it in a manner that will set the feet all
to dancing. The quaint dances of the
old French stronghold also are truly
depicted in a way that is certain to
please, the act having historical value
as well as being banner entertainment.
Sensational work on the roller skates
ill be shown by Roy and Anna Har-
rah, the best-known exponents of
roller skating In vaudeville. They will
not only offer many surprising feats in
skating, but they will do the latest
dances, including the Brazilian maxlxe,
the hesitation, the Boston, the fox trot
and similar dances on the skates.
Lively stories are told and melodies
are sung of old Erin by Arthur Whit-
law, the Irish chatterbox, who comes
for his first appearance at Pantages.
Mr. Whitlaw's entertainment is a pleas
ing one and there will not be a dull
moment in the performance.V
Late of several of the leading mu
sical comedies in the East. McConneli
and Niemeyer are certain to please
with their songs and dances, all being
new to the West. Tbey will bring the
latest in light entertainment.
The Mutual Weekly will show the
latest news events by motion pictures,
the war zone in Europe attracting spe
cial attention.
Joe Knowles. the primitive man, and
Walter Terry and his Fiji Girls will be
seen for the last time today, the con
tinuous performance starting at" 1:30
and lasting to 11 o'clock.
"The Girl From Egypt" Features
September Morn" Stunt.
"The Girl From Egypt," a brand
new show right from the pen of Ai
Franks, will be the attraction at the
Lyric Theater next week, commencing
with tomorrow's matinee. This will be
a premier production and a. show of
merit. . beauty, comedy and' melodious
music can be expectea.
The various roles will give the prin
clDals an excellent opportunity to dis
play their talents. The scenery will
be bright and the music will be of the
variety that will please all.
"September Morn" will be the extra
feature during the production, and it
will be presented in a manner that will
set this town a talking. The comedy
roles will be in the hands of Al Franks
and Lew Dunbar, and Judging fro
their past efforts comedy of the best
variety will be dispensed by these two
Jeanne Mai, the prima donna, will
be seen in the role of Princess Kliob, a
role adapted to her personality, and
he will be heard in catchy sons num
bers. Lillie Sutherland, "the cyclone
oubrette," will be to the front in the
part of Cohen a d&ughter and will ren
der one of ber favorite gingery selec
tions. Joe Kemper, Marie CelesUne,
Jack Curtis and Will Mansfield will
complete the cast of principals, and the
beauty chorus will be to the front at
all times.
This season's chorus is the most
shapely and best-looking chorus that
Keating & Flood ever have gathered
together. Their work as compared with
a majority of choruses cannot be ex
celled. There are two performances
every night and a matinee, daily. Thurs
day (Thanksgiving day) special per
formances will be given. On Tuesday
night, after" the first performance, ama
teurs will hold the stage as an extra
attraction, and on Friday night, after
each performance, the chorus girl3 will
hold a contest.
Pathetic Hawaiian Love Story Ably
Told In Flay Coming to Heilig.
Our playwrights, wafting their
muses to foreign snores, usually draw
extensively upon wicir imaginations,
but Richard Walton Tully, author of
"The Bird of Paradise," which Oliver
Morosco will present at the Heilig The
ater, Broadway at Taylor, for three
nights, beginning Monday, November
30. with a special matinee Wednesday,
is probably the foremost student of his
subject, Hawaiian history, economics,
race traits and possibilities, in the
world today.
Mr. Tully, whose first great stage
success was scored even before ho left
the University of California, has been
an enthusiast upon our nearest wester
ly insular possession and in this drama
has given not only an absorbing enter
tainment, with one of the cleverest and
ipost heart-moving stories written In a
decade, but has provided a thoroughly
saturate solution of tactful comment
upon every topic pertaining to Hawaii,
its people and its invaders, both com
mercial and religious.
The love story of Paul Wilson and
Luana, the pathetically lovely savage
of Pele, deserves to be perpetuated. It
is a great, moving, human story, sim
ply, swiftly told, without halt or inter
ruption, without side issues or depart
ure from the main subject, and appar
ently without effort.
The decadence of Wilson under this
tropic love, this life of perpetual to
morrow, an effortless life, a life full of
dreams and devoid of action, is a study
which in technique, skill and enchant
ing interest equals the character paint
ing of any European dramatist of mod
ern times. WithaL Mr. Tully has
woven much bright comedy, the relief
of several highly human characters,
and the genuinely novel music and dan
cing of a troupe of Hawaiian Hula
steppers into his plot and action.
"Poor. Little Rich Girl" Simple in
Spectacular Beanty.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl." by
Eleanor Gates, a much .discussed play
:jf mingled sweetness, Simplicity and
spectacular beauty, , will be presented
ay Klaw & Erlanger at the Heilig The
ater, Broadway at Taylor, for nve
nights, beginning next Tuesady, No
vember 24, with special matinees
Thanksgiving day and Saturday. Its
popular success would indicate that the
encomiums heaped upon it by its re
viewers are well Justified.
While the central figure is a child.
The Poor Little Rich Girl" is not a
child's play in the sense that it is
Peter Pannish or Blueblrdish. It. too,
has symbolism and pictorial embellish
ment, but unlike the others its chief
appeal is made to mature intelligence
and the parental instinct. It is ultra
modern and typically American in Its
humorous viewpoint. Pathos, poetry.
satire,' sentiment and comedy intertwine
in what has been aptly described as "an
exquisite play with a straight editorial
The pampered child of a busy Wall
street father and a outterfly Fifth-
avenue mother, littie Gwendolyn' is a
typical "society orphan." With every
luxury she seldom sees her parents,
but only hypocritical parasites, private
tutors, maids, footmen and a governess,
who bully, cajole or flatter the hot
house product. With memories of a
day in the country, where she once saw
real trees, paddled her toes In real mud
and talked with real people, she Is lone
some and unhappy. Her maid, in order
to get a. "night off" gives her an over
dose of an opiate.
The play portrays visually her con
sequent delirium, wherein she visits
"the tell-tale forest." "the land of
light" and "Robin Hood's barn." where
hypocrites are shown up in their true
colors, her maid being actually a "two
faced thing." the footman having "bis
ears," the governess a "snake in the
i?rass," her mother with the "society
tee in her bonnet," her father actually
"harnessed to the stock market" and
'made of money." The pathos of the
child's delirium. together with the
shrewd satire on social shamiL make
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exquisite extravaganza, with a more
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convincing moral Luau uic
preachments of the average play wun
avowed purpose.
Noted Success to Follov "Merely
Mary Ann" at Baker.
"Ready Money." which the Baker
Players will offer for the week Imme
diately folowing "Merely Mary Ann."
is another recent big success which has
Just reached the stock field. It not
only flourished for eight months at the
Maxine Elliott Theater. In New York,
but also ran four months in Chicago
and eight months in London, as well
as a long period on the road. It is
right In line with the many big things
Manager Baker is offering his patrons
this season.
"Ready Money" does not tell a story
of frenzied finance, as Its title may
suggest, but it does describe the fran
tic efforts oi the hero to obtain enough
ready money to win the girl he loves
and who devotedly loves him. but is
prevented from marrying him because
her mother objects to the matrimonial
Intentions of a poor young man, how
ever otherwise worthy.
The hero owns an unproductive gold
mine out West and a 25-cent pieca
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duced to accept the -loan of 50.000 in
clever counterfeit bills not to spend,
but to show that he has the money
how his friends, thinking he has struck
gold in his mine, pour in an ava
lanche of money for stock, and how the
mine really does produce gold Just as
the United States Secret Service men
are on the trail of the counterfeit
money, makes a play of absorbing in
terest and thrills, which does not, how
ever, overshadow the charming love
story nor the Irresistibly laughable
dialogue and situations. The play is
clean and wholesome In every respect
and is presented by a large cast of
clever players. It will open next Sun
day mutlnee.
La Grande Hotelman Will Entertain
Youngsters on Thanksgiving.
LA GRANDE. Or., Nov. 21. (Special.)
Thanksgiving day holds a real mean
ing to every boy and girl in La Grande,
and there are none of the youngsters
in this city too poor to conjure visions
of turkey and cranberry sauce.
Pat Foley, proprietor or hib i "io
Hotel of this city, has issued his Invi
tation to the boys and girls of the city
to attend a big Thanksgiving dinner at
his hotl at 3 o'clock Thursday. All
youngsters under the age of 13 years
whose own homes do not have the ad
vantages of a real Thanksgiving din
ner, are included in the invitation.
Grand Mound School Being Hurried.
CENTRALIA. Wash.. Nov. 21. (Spe
cial ) it has been announced that t'ne
new state school for girls, being erect
ed at Grand Mound, will be ready for
occupancy by Christmas. John McNeil,
a resident of Chehalls. has been ap
pointed custodian of the new school.
G. A. Russel, superintendent of the re
form school, who has tendered his res
ignation, does not expect that his suc
cessor will be appointed until the next
session of the State Legislature is well
under way.
Centralians Helping Belgians.
CENTRALIA, Wash.. Nov. 21. (Spe
cial.) Centralians are responding gen
erously to the call of the local Belgian
relief committee, composed of Rev. F.
E. Dorris. D. F. Davies and H. M. Rob
inson, and half a -carload of supplies
has - been collected. The relief com
mittee is being assisted in its work
by all the pastors- and the head of
every lodge in the city, -